|(bay ta METH a
|Alphatrex®; Betatrex®; Beta-Val®; Celestone®; Celestone®
Soluspan®; Diprolene®; Diprolene® AF; Diprosone®; Luxiq®; Maxivate®; Psorion®; Teladar®; Valisone®|
|Foreign Brand Names|
(Canada); Diprolene® Glycol [Dipropionate]
(Canada); Occlucort® (Canada); Rhoprolene (Canada); Rhoprosone (Canada); Selestoject®[Sodium Phosphate]
(Canada); Taro-Sone® (Canada); Topilene® (Canada); Topisone®
Corticosteroid, Oral; Corticosteroid, Parenteral; Corticosteroid,
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to betamethasone or any other part of the
- If you have any fungal infections that attack the whole
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of inflammation areas in the
body. This can include severe allergies, skin problems, asthma, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, organ transplantation, leukemias/lymphomas, brain
swelling, ulcerative colitis, sarcoidosis, spinal cord injuries, Addison's
disease, and arthritis.
- This medicine is used in many diseases where the anti-inflammatory or
immunosuppressant properties are needed. Talk with healthcare provider.
- It is also used for a variety of skin
|How does it work?|
- Betamethasone is a man-made form of an important chemical produced in
- Betamethasone puts down the body's response to the cause of the
allergy. It reduces swelling, redness, itching, and other symptoms of allergy.
- It also decreases the body's reactions. Sometimes these reactions are
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with food. Take in the morning if you are taking this medicine
once a day.
- A liquid (syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those who
have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and
after medicine is given.
- Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if you have been taking it
for a long time. Medicine should be slowly decreased.
- For inhaling (puffing) only.
- Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Using the
inhaler the right way is very important. It can get more medicine to the lungs.
- Shake well first.
- Spacer can be used with inhaler for easier delivery.
- Do not take by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Clean affected area before use.
- Use a small amount over the area as a light film. Rub in gently.
- Do not put coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) over the area
unless told to do so by healthcare provider.
- To use on the scalp, part your hair. Apply medicine to affected area.
Rub in gently. Let it dry. You may wash your hair as usual but not right after
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
- Do not change dose or stop taking medicine without talking with
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear medical alert identification if you have asthma, lung disease, or
are an allergy sufferer or if you are going to be on this medicine longer than
- Unless healthcare provider told you to stop, it is dangerous to run
out of this medication. Get it refilled today!
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Alcohol increases
risk of stomach irritation and ulcers.
- If you have had a stomach ulcer or bleeding, tell healthcare provider.
Can cause ulcers.
- Use caution if you have a weakened heart. Salt and water can
accumulate. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Use caution if you are diabetic. Diabetic medicine may need
increasing. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Use caution if you have high blood pressure. Your blood pressure may
increase. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers about this
- Tell healthcare provider if currently being treated for any
- All forms:
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Risk of infection. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or
- High blood sugar. Can cause diabetes mellitus while on medicine,
usually reverses when stopped.
- For women, menstrual changes. Premenopausal women may not have a
period. Postmenopausal women may have bleeding or spotting.
- Weakened bones. Take calcium and vitamin D as recommended by
- Weight gain. Salt and water gain or increased hunger.
- Muscle weakness. You may notice it in your thighs and upper arms.
- Skin changes, including pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, and hair
- Cataracts, glaucoma with long-term use.
- Changes in fat distribution. Fat stores can move to face and back.
- Belly pain and cramps.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Burning, itching,
|What should I monitor?|
- If a child is using this medicine, monitor growth carefully.
- Watch for swelling of legs or belly, shortness of breath, weight gain,
exercise tolerance. If any of these worsen, talk with healthcare provider.
- Report a 3-5 pound weight gain.
- Monitor blood sugar as ordered by healthcare provider. Signs of high
blood sugar include many trips to the bathroom, thirst, and weight loss.
- Watch for signs of infection.
- If a child is using this medicine, monitor growth carefully.
- Watch for changes in breathing. Is breathing better, worse, or about
- Check peak flow if you have asthma.
- Watch for change in condition. Is it better, worse, or about the
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Any signs or symptoms of infection. This may include a fever greater
than 99 degrees, chills, sore throat, cough, increased sputum or change in
color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, anal itching or
- For females, vaginal discharge or itching, or menstrual changes. This
includes lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
- Chest pains, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, or decreased
ability to walk.
- Feeling weak, tired, irritable, trembling, having rapid heartbeats,
confusion, sweating, dizziness, especially if you missed a dose or recently
stopped this medicine.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling worse.
- Burning, swelling, or
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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